Foo Fighters Announce 25th Anniversary Tour

Published on February 20, 2020

The Foo Fighters are turning 25 years old this year. After Dave Grohl’s time in Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age, the multi-talented rock star formed his long-running band, Foo Fighters. Still such a mysterious and catchy name, right? The name is based on UFOs spotted by Allied aircrafts during World War II. The UFOs were called “foo fighters.” Under that name, Grohl and his band been nothing but consistent quality rock stars. 25 years in, they’re still crushing. 

25th Anniversary 

To celebrate the anniversary, the Foo Fighters have announced a new mini-tour starting in Arizona and ending a month later on May 20th in Hamilton, Ontario. Not their biggest tour by any stretch of the imagination, but still, when the Foo Fighters perform, it doesn’t go unnoticed. They put on one of the best modern rock shows, if not the best. Their new tour is called the Van Tour. In a statement, Grohl celebrated the anniversary and revealed why there are so few dates this time:

“Congratulations: You’re old! You’ve been going to see Foo Fighters shows for 25 years now! What better way to celebrate than joining the band in commemorating its silver anniversary in some of the same cities where the first FF shows took place in 1995?”

However, Grohl added a few more dates are possible:

“Aside from many of those clubs on that 1995 trek having since ceased to exist, squeezing a 2020 FF show into the few that are still around would just be too insane … or would it? Stay tuned for the answer to that question.”

The Van Tour

A special touch for the upcoming tour are clips from frontman Dave Grohl’s upcoming documentary, What Drives Us, featuring members of Black Flag, Metallica, The Beatles, and more. Why’s the tour called The Van Tour? ‘Cause that’s how Grohl and original members Nate Mendel and Pat Smear toured in ‘95 when they released their debut album. They were in a Dodge van going from gig to gig. Now, it’s a different band with the additions of drummer Taylor Hawkins (a fine solo artist), guitarist Chris Shiflett, and keyboardist Rami Jaffee.

Go If You Can

There’s nothing quite like seeing Grohl and the band tear up a house for two or two and a half hours. They give everyone their money’s worth. No hit song goes unextended or unplayed. Deep cuts are present. The band provide fully-packaged shows to their fans and newcomers, even when Grohl was injured and playing from his now legendary throne. 

A Foo Fighters concert is such a joyful experience. Nobody there is unexcited. Grohl is just one of the most infectious frontman around. If he’s happy, the crowd is happy. When he’s got that big grin of his on his face, his head is banging to the music, it’s just pure magic to witness and feel. 

Tour Dates

The tour begins on April 8th. Foo Fighters’ fans can also catch their gig at the upcoming and incredible-sounding New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Phoenix, Ariz. @ Talking Stick Resort Arena – April 12

Albuquerque, N.M. @ Santa Ana Star Center – April 14

Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena – April 16

Wichita, Kan. @ INTRUST Bank Arena – April 18

Knoxville, Tenn. @ Thompson-Boling Arena – April 20

Green Bay, Wis. @ Resch Center – May 10

Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Van Andel Arena – May 12

Cincinnati, Ohio @ Heritage Bank Center – May 14

Cleveland, Ohio @ Rocket Mortgage Arena – May 18

Hamilton, Ontario @ FirstOntario Centre – May 20

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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